Speculation over the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United has reared its head regularly over many years and has been brought to the fore again in the last few days with a report in the Daily Mail that one of Sir Alex’s previous charges, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has expressed interest in the job.
Of course, we still don’t know when "The Very Special One" will deign to relinquish the post, and when he does, it will, no doubt, ultimately be his decision and his alone.
However, plans for his successor are, according to the Mail, in place and they quote Ed Woodman, United vice chairman, as saying that the list of names drawn up to replace Fergy is being kept under lock and key at Old Trafford.
One thing is for sure: the Scot will be a difficult act to follow, and amongst the many qualities required will be gaining the immediate respect from his staff, experience of winning trophies, ability to deal with top players and a ruthless streak that would ensure that he put the club first in all cases.
Here are 10 candidates, in my preferred reverse order, for what some would consider to be an impossible act to follow.